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US Q4 in brief: Cherokee Global Brands, Perry Ellis, Destination Maternity Michelle Russell | 15 Apr 16

In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Destination Maternity and Perry Ellis saw their losses narrow, while New York & Co moved to a net profit. However, Iconix Brand Group cut its outlook after swinging to a loss, Finish Line saw its net profit plummet 90%, and Cherokee Global Brands posted a mixed performance. 


Fair Trade apparel programme reaching new heights Michelle Russell | 8 Mar 16

A fire that broke out at a factory in Bangladesh last month, and the impending third year anniversary of Rana Plaza, serves as a reminder that major safety concerns still exist for workers in the global apparel industry. But the proliferation of organisations working to offer tangible solutions proves that work is in progress, one of those being Fair Trade USA, whose apparel programme grew 358% in 2014. 


Columbia Sportswear taps new head for Mountain Hardwear Michelle Russell | 23 Feb 16

Columbia Sportswear Company has appointed John Christian Walbrecht as president of its Mountain Hardwear brand.


Columbia Sportswear taps new manager for China venture Leonie Barrie | 3 Feb 16

Thirteen-year Nike veteran Jason Zhu has been named as general manager of Columbia Sportswear Commercial (Shanghai), the China joint venture between Columbia Sportswear Company and Swire Resources.


US Q3 in brief: Finish Line, Gymboree, Cherokee Global Brands, Men's Wearhouse Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 7 Jan 16

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings. 


Delta Galil and Columbia Sportswear ink underwear licensing deal Michelle Russell | 21 Dec 15

Israel-based lingerie, sleepwear and sock manufacturer Delta Galil Industries has signed a global licensing deal with Columbia Sportswear for the development, manufacture and distribution of performance-based underwear collections. 


Columbia Sportswear pilots recycling initiative Michelle Russell | 28 Oct 15

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear is piloting a recycling programme in partnership with Swiss textile recycling solutions firm I:Collect, joining wider industry efforts to close the loop in the clothing supply chain. 


Athletic players "well positioned" amid disruption Katie Smith | 25 Sep 15

Deflationary pressures, the rise of Amazon and the expansion of off-price and fast fashion chains all have the potential to disrupt traditional US apparel retailers - but it is the athletic players that are “well positioned” to come out on top, analysts suggest.


China market woes could hit consumer spending Michelle Russell | 25 Aug 15

Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China could deliver a tough blow to several specialty retail and apparel companies - with the biggest risks including China revenue exposure and a potentially slower economy driving lower consumer spending, one analyst has suggested.


Nike, Hanesbrands and VF top sustainability index Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 15

Nike, Hanesbrands and VF Corp have topped an analyst report of apparel and footwear firms that have made the most progress in managing environmental, social and governance issues.


Columbia Sportswear lifts outlook despite Q2 loss Katie Smith | 31 Jul 15

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has raised its full-year guidance, despite seeing its second-quarter loss widen.


Columbia develops OutDry waterproof technology Michelle Russell | 15 Jun 15

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has developed a rainproof jacket that features the waterproof membrane on the outside for permanent water repellency and durability.


Sourcing and supply chain promotions at Columbia Sportswear Michelle Russell | 28 May 15

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has made four key leadership appointments, two of which include SVP of global sourcing and SVP of supply chain.


Columbia Sportswear ups FY guidance on “solid” Q1 Michelle Russell | 1 May 15

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has upped its full-year guidance on the back of “solid” first-quarter results, the strengthening of advance orders in North America and Europe.


Columbia Sportswear seeks growth with appointments Michelle Russell | 3 Mar 15

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has made a number of strategic organisational changes, including appointing a president, in a bid to drive growth.


PrAna achieves Fair Labor accreditation Michelle Russell | 19 Feb 15

Columbia Sportswear's prAna brand has had its social compliance programme accredited by the Fair Labor Association.


Analysts upbeat as Columbia's Q4 profit grows Katie Smith | 16 Feb 15

A number of initiatives, including investment in direct-to-consumer channels, the development of the newly acquired Prana brand, and its joint venture in China, helped Columbia Sportswear to book a double-digit increase in fourth-quarter profit.


Performance apparel set for continued growth Katie Smith | 30 Jan 15

As new outdoor performance apparel brands enter the market in record numbers, retailers are introducing new innovations and technologies to stand out from the crowd and win over consumers. With that, the sector is set to continue on its growth trajectory, according to a new report from just-style.


Columbia Sportswear ups FY profit guidance Michelle Russell | 31 Oct 14

US outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear Company has upped its full-year outlook as it revealed increased earnings and sales in its third-quarter.


Top stories this week on just-style... Katie Smith | 3 Oct 14

The most-read stories on just-style this week include plans by China's Jiangsu Lianfa Textile Co to invest US$500m in an Ethiopian textile plant, the views of Li & Fung's chairman on China's efforts to grow its domestic consumption, and first results from a study into health and productivity of Cambodian garment workers.


Columbia TurboDown adds to insulation innovations Leonie Barrie | 29 Sep 14

Outdoor brand Columbia Sportswear has introduced a 'performance enhanced down' system that combines two of its existing technologies and creates such outsized results it's like a "down jacket on steroids."


Columbia Sportswear taps VF exec to lead global manufacturing Katie Smith | 26 Sep 14

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear Company has tapped former VF Corp executive Steve Woodside to the newly-created position of vice president of global manufacturing.


US: Columbia Sportswear narrows Q2 net loss Michelle Russell | 25 Jul 14

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has narrowed its net losses in the second quarter, despite incurring costs from its acquisition of prAna.


US: Columbia Sportswear fined for mislabelled clothing Richard Woodard | 23 Jul 14

Columbia Sportswear Company has agreed to pay a US$100,800 penalty after it admitted distributing mislabelled clothing containing insect repellent.


US: Columbia Sportswear closes PrAna deal Michelle Russell | 3 Jun 14

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has closed its acquisition of lifestyle apparel brand, PrAna Living.


ITALY: Patent ruling favours Columbia Sportswear's OutDry Leonie Barrie | 6 May 14

A court in Italy has ruled in favour of Columbia Sportswear Company in its ongoing dispute over a patent used to create waterproof-breathable footwear.


US: Columbia Sportswear to buy prAna Living for $190m Katie Smith | 30 Apr 14

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear has agreed to acquire lifestyle apparel brand, PrAna Living, for US$190m, in a deal that will help it expand and reduce its dependence on cold-weather items.


US: Columbia Sportswear doubles Q1 profit Katie Smith | 30 Apr 14

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist Columbia Sportswear Co has raised its full-year sales guidance, after more than doubling its first-quarter net profit, driven by "robust" demand for its namesake and Sorel brands.


High inventories at US retailers is causing concern Leonie Barrie | 29 Apr 14

Stung by unseasonably cold spring weather that blanketed many parts of the US just as they were rolling out their spring merchandise, retailers have not only been hampered by sluggish sales but are also battling high levels of inventory, analysts warn.


US: Apparel president Sandquist exits Wolverine Worldwide Katie Smith | 7 Mar 14

US clothing and footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has confirmed the departure of its global apparel president Mark Sandquist earlier this year.

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